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Paul Michael Glaser (born Paul Manfred Glaser) is an American actor and director.
Glaser was born on March 25, 1943, as Paul Manfred Glaser in Cambridge, Massachusetts, to Dorothy and Samuel Glaser. He had two older siblings. Glaser attended the Buckingham Browne & Nichols School before transferring to the Cambridge School of Weston and then Tulane University, where he earned a Master's degree in English and theater in 1966. He was a member of the Sigma Alpha Mu fraternity. Glaser later earned a second master's degree from Boston University in acting and directing in 1967. After making appearances in several Broadway productions, Glaser appeared in his first feature film in 1971, which was the film version of Fiddler on the Roof. He first gained notice on TV, where he played the role of Dr. Peter Chernak on the daytime series Love Is a Many Splendored Thing. Glaser also made guest appearances on shows such as The Waltons, The Streets of San Francisco, and The Rockford Files, but found notable fame from playing Detective David Starsky in the TV series Starsky and Hutch, of which he directed several episodes. It ran for a total of four seasons on ABC.
After the series ended, Glaser continued to act on TV and in films. He also directed the 1987 movie The Running Man and the 1992 movie The Cutting Edge. In addition, he directed episodes of several well-known TV series, including Miami Vice, Robbery Homicide Division, and Judging Amy. Glaser returned to the big screen in 2003 in Something's Gotta Give, starring as Diane Keaton's ex-husband, and with a brief cameo in the 2004 film version of Starsky & Hutch, where his old role was reprised by Ben Stiller. He also directed the children's film Kazaam. On November 30, 2007, Glaser starred as Captain Hook in a pantomime version of Peter Pan, or The Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Up at the Churchill Theatre in Bromley, Kent, England. He also took the lead role in the 2008 pantomime season at Empire Theatre. He guest-starred in an episode of CBS's The Mentalist. In 2013, Glaser revisited Fiddler on the Roof in a UK stage production on national tour.